TOM of FINLAND: Original Drawings
Concludes with A Recognition from St. Louis LGBT History Project
Closing Reception and Mixer is Sunday, August 7, 2011, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
2300 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO 63118
TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Preliminary drawing)
1988, Graphite on paper, 11.50” x 8.50”, ToFF #0399
© 1988 Tom of Finland Foundation
Founded in 2007, The St. Louis LGBT History Project is operated by Steven Brawley (founder), Colin Murphy and Ian Darnell.
The mission of The Project is to preserve the myriad stories of The Gateway City’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender past. As a resident partner of The LGBT Center of St. Louis, The Project serves as the unofficial collecting arm for the St. Louis LGBT Archives at UMSL, conducts and facilitates oral histories with area LGBT Elders, works with area LGBT organizations on maintaining their own archive, and seeks out and preserves LGBT history, documents, artifacts and memorabilia. The Project has developed a LGBT Walking Tour in the city’s Central West End, is available to speak on St. Louis’ LGBT History and provides displays from The Project collection. The goal of The Project is to not only celebrate and preserve our city’s LGBT History, but make it accessible through digital media. For more information .
Tom’s images of idealized masculinity are iconic but few people have seen anything other than reproductions proliferated on line. The PHD exhibition showcases 28 graphite on paper drawings culled from throughout his career. Tom’s work is part of many public and private collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, The Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, The Art Institute of Chicago, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Kiasma, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.